Denomination: 'Mindia'
Trade name: Coppertina
Botanical Name: Physocarpus opulifolius
Applicant/Holder: Spring Meadow Nursery, Inc.
12601 120th Avenue
Grand Haven, Michigan
United States of America
Breeder: Jean Paul Davasse, Angers, France
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2005-05-04
Application Number: 05-4833
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-08-23
Certificate Number: 2892
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2025-08-23

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Monlo' (Diabolo)

Summary: 'Mindia' has a shorter plant height and narrower plant width than 'Monlo'. 'Mindia' has less dense foliage than 'Monlo'. 'Mindia' has slightly different colour on the upper side of the newly opened leaf blade and on the upper side of the mature leaf than 'Monlo'.


PLANT: upright growth habit, medium branching density, sparse foliage density

STEM: red brown, ribbed on young stems

LEAF: alternate in arrangement, simple leaf type
LEAF BLADE: ovate, acute to acuminate apex, cordate and cuneate base, doubly serrate margin, weak lobing, shallow margin incisions, weak glossiness on upper side, strong degree of folding of newly opened leaves, brown with red tones on the upper side of newly opened leaves, brown with green overlay on lower side, medium anthocyanin on lower side of newly opened leaf, red-brown colour on the upper side of mature leaf, medium green-brown colour on the lower side of mature leaf
PETIOLE: present, strong anthocyanin colouration

FLOWER: corymb, rotate shape, white on upper and lower side of corolla (RHS 155D), dark purple red seed pod (RHS 53A).

Origin & Breeding History: 'Mindia' originated from an open-pollinated cross made in Angers, France. The female (seed) parent was 'Darts Gold' and the male (pollen) parent was 'Monlo' (Diabolo™). 'Mindia' was selected in the summer of 2000 based on foliage colour, compact growth habit, and branching characteristics.

Tests & Trials: The tests and trials for 'Mindia' were conducted in an outdoor container trial during the summers of 2004 to 2006, in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 15 shrubs of the candidate variety and reference variety. All plants were grown from 5" liners and planted into 2 gallon containers in May 2004 and transplanted into 3 gallon containers on July 2, 2004. Trials were arranged outdoors in rows with approximately 1 metre spacing between plants. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on June 9-12, 2006. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 RHS colour chart.

Comparison tables for 'Mindia' with reference variety 'Monlo'

Plant height (cm)

  'Mindia' 'Monlo'
mean 62.3 86.8
std. deviation 5.68 19.93

Plant width (cm)

  'Mindia' 'Monlo'
mean 52.5 75.5
std. deviation 6.13 8.44

Colour on newly opened leaf (RHS)

  'Mindia' 'Monlo'
upper side 175A-B with red tones darker than 183A 166A with red tones close to 183B
lower side 177B with green overlay of 197B 197A with tones of 174A

Colour of mature leaf (RHS)

  'Mindia' 'Monlo'
upper side 200B blended with red tones of 183B N200A (redder than)
lower side 197A - 148B 148B (more grey than)

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Ninebark: 'Mindia' (left) with reference variety 'Monlo' (right)

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